Relieved of university research and clinical responsibilities, Chris Webster had to cast about for some children to write about. This, as it turned out, was an easy-to-solve problem. Four children suddenly appeared in the immediate family. In this short book he describes how these four kids have talked to him, played with him, and gone on many adventures with him (and their grandmother, Dianne). The idea is to remind anyone who cares to read the book of the joy of children, of the pleasure they can and do bring to all those lucky enough, or enterprising enough, to spend a chunk of their time with young folk. At least one of the poems (The Group) stresses the important role which pre-school teachers can play in molding the lives of these people in-the-making. The influence of dance teachers is also recognized (Move it! Move it!). But above all, we praise the parents of the four children featured here, and all parents like them, who do their job with great kindness, good sense, and good humour.
The basic idea behind the book is that children seem to come pre-wired with all kinds of wonderful inherent qualities. In the book 26 of these, one for each letter of the alphabet, are identified. It is then pointed out that it is the exercising of these very same qualities, at an adult level, that help guide us in our own paths to the maximum satisfaction and enjoyment in parenthood and grandparenthood.
About the Author:
Christopher D. Webster is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Canada, as well as Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Simon Fraser University. A Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association and the Royal Society of Canada, his publications include the first edition of this volume (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), and Essential Writings in Risk Assessment and Management (2007), which he co-edited.